Dr. Mahesh Daas is a creative leader whose design and leadership career spans more than 20 years. He is well known across the international design landscape for innovation in architecture, design computing, design education, and urban design.
Determined to rise above his modest roots in India, Daas earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University with an A.P. Riding Club Gold Medal in 1990. That same fortitude led him to immigrate to the United States, earning a master’s of architecture in urban design from Kansas State University (with the John Helm Award), and a doctoral degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Today, Daas is the Chairperson of the Department of Architecture at Ball State University. He has been at Ball State since 2008, previously serving as the inaugural Emerging Media Fellow of the university’s Center for Media Design. Prior to joining Ball State, Daas served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research of the College of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Kansas State University.
Throughout his career, Daas has been honored for his exceptional creative achievements and innovative approach to teaching. In 2012, he was only the second person of Asian origin to be named an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor, one of the highest national recognitions for an architectural educator. The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) has twice elected him as its president, and recognized his leadership in 2013 with the ACADIA Society Award of Excellence.
At the University of Texas at San Antonio, he won the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Production. Additionally, he is a co-recipient of a 2001 Kansas City AIA Merit Award for the Baron BMW Dealership building, and a 2007 recipient of International Fabrics Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award for the design and construction of Advanced Fabrics Exhibition.
Daas has been a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation and served on an NSF delegation to Israel in 2010 to explore bilateral research opportunities in sustainable materials and technologies. In 2011, he chaired an NSF symposium and workshop on Materials and Manufacturing for Extreme Affordability at Ball State. Daas also has served on research review panels for the Canadian government and, in 2012, was part of a U.S.-Ireland higher education summit in Dublin convened by the Irish Education Ministry and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
Daas is involved in a broad range of professional organizations, including the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), International Digital Media and Arts Association, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Indiana Architectural Foundation and Muncie’s “Garfield” Rotary Club. He also publishes widely in scholarly forums, won best paper awards, and has delivered keynote speeches at conferences across the world.
His creative spirit extends beyond his work – Daas is also an award winning creative writer and poet.
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